BREEAM Awards Wales 2012: the winning developments
BBC Wales studios one of eight sustainable buildings to receive accolade.
BBC Wales’ Roath Lock studios was one of eight sustainable developments to be recognised in this year’s BREEAM Awards for Wales. The flagship production facilities at Porth Teigr took first place in the Industrial category during a ceremony at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff last week.
The Welsh awards are made annually to the highest scoring building assessments certified under BREEAM schemes in the preceding calendar year. In order to be considered, a building project must have achieved at least an Excellent rating and excel in every environmental category within BREEAM.
Earlier this year, Roath Lock was announced as the first ever UK building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding certification for an industrial building post-construction, and the largest building in Wales to achieve BREEAM Outstanding. Sustainable features of the facility include a rainwater harvesting system, gas fired CHP heating and 300m2 of PV panels on the roof.
The education sector featured prominently during the evening, with developments ranging from schools to research facilities winning in six of the categories. Introducing the awards, Nick Tune, director of BRE Wales, said: “These buildings showcase genuine sustainability and represent some of the best examples of sustainable design and construction in the UK and the world.”
A list of the winning building projects in their respective categories can be found below. For more information, visit the BREEAM website or click on the following links.
Roath Lock houses the new BBC Wales production studios for programmes including Dr Who and Casualty. The building also includes general office space, eight studio stages, two large external filming stages and edit suites for post-production work.
• Client: Igloo Regeneration, the Welsh Government and the BBC
• Architect: FAT Ltd and Holder Mathias Architects
• Contractor: VINCI Construction UK
• BREEAM assessor: Ove Arup and Partners
The £7.7 million Crownbridge School provides a modern, flexible learning facility for pupils aged 3-19 with a range of physical and learning disabilities. The building has been designed as an educational tool and features an external wall with a cut-away section demonstrating how insulation is used to control heat loss from the building.
• Client: Torfaen County Borough Council and Crownbridge School
• Architect: Powell Dobson Architects
• Contractor: Kier Construction Wales and Western
• BREEAM assessor: Michael Cox and Company Ltd
The £18 million Mountain Halls development on the Treforest campus provides 476 purpose built student residences. The building has been designed in harmony with the local environment and is capable of providing fresh air requirements entirely via a natural ventilation strategy.
• Client: University of Glamorgan
• Architect: Boyes Rees Architects
• Contractor: VINCI Construction UK Ltd.
• BREEAM assessor: McCann & Partners: Legacy – McCann Sustainability
The new 356-pupil Neyland primary school incorporates a comprehensive energy and water metering strategy that is linked to a BMS system, enabling pupils to access the data for educational purposes.
• Client: Pembrokeshire Education Department
• Architect: Pembrokeshire County Council
• Contractor Dawnus Construction
• BREEAM assessor: Pembrokeshire County Council
Winner - BREEAM Further Education: CAM Extension, Coleg Menai
The Canolfan Arloesi Menai (CAM) Extension on the Coleg Menai’s Anglesey campus provides a practical learning environment for students aiming to work in the energy sector. Sustainable features include a rainwater harvesting system, ground source heat pumps and a solar hot water system.
• Client: Coleg Menai
• Architect: Lend Lease Design
• Contractor: Anwyl Construction Company Ltd.
• BREEAM assessor: RSK Group plc
The five-storey Hadyn Ellis Medical Research Facility incorporates an atrium, lecture theatre, café, seminar suite, research clinic, graduate school, laboratories and administrative facilities.
• Client: Cardiff University Estates
• Architect: Nightingale Associates
• Contractor: BAM
• BREEAM assessor: Morgan Sindall Professional Services Ltd
Winner - BREEAM Healthcare: Institute of Life Science, Phase 2, Swansea University
90 percent of the construction waste generated through building this 5,800m2 clinical research and trials facility was diverted from landfill. The site is connected to an existing district heating network and powered by CHP.
• Client: Swansea University
• Architect: Powell Dobson Architects
• Contractor: Leadbitter Group
• BREEAM assessor: AECOM
Winner - BREEAM Offices: Countryside Council for Wales Headquarters, Bangor
This energy efficient, office refurbishment project demonstrates how clients, consultants, owners and contractors can work together to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.
• Client: Planehouse Limited
• Architect: Watkin Jones Group
• Contractor: Watkin Jones Group
• BREEAM assessor: Carpenter Davies Partnership Ltd.